Cambodian medical student Bonnie visited the school to talk about how she has made her dream of becoming a doctor a reality with the support of South-West based charity, Edukid.
Bonnie grew up in a very poor family and as a child had to collect rubbish instead of going to school. With the charity’s support, she is now studying medicine at the Royal University of Phnom Pehn where she will qualify as a doctor next year.
Bonnie said: “The message is to never give up. Even if your situation is bad, follow your dream. It was great to talk to the girls and they really understood this. I’m looking forward to seeing them again when they visit Cambodia.”
It is the first time Bonnie has left Cambodia as she travels the country with Edukid founder, Chris Turner, in order to meet students supporting the charity.
Truro High is partnering with two other MIST schools – Queen’s College Taunton and Ashville College Harrogate – in this programme, which will see students and staff get involved with the vital work Edukid is undertaking abroad.
The school is sponsoring a village in Cambodia, enabling 20 children to attend school and supporting long-term, sustainable solutions which will help the village to break their cycle of poverty.
As part of this initiative, students from Year 11 – 13 will be visiting the village next summer to the meet the children they are supporting and learning about.